Texico officer involved in shooting back on job

Robin Fornoff

A Texico police officer involved in the shooting of a 31-year-old woman is back on the job.

Also on Wednesday, New Mexico State Police said their investigation into the Aug. 21 shooting of Lisa Salguero at her home is continuing and once complete, will be turned over to Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler for final determination.

Texico Police Chief Doug Bowman said Officer Richard Peterson returned to work Monday after being placed on paid administrative leave. Bowman said department policy specifies a three-day leave for an officer involved in a shooting but Peterson was given two extra days.

Bowman declined any further comment about the case.

Salguero’s attorney, Dan Lindsey of Clovis, said he was “very disappointed” to hear Peterson was back on the job.

“I think it’s crazy without any kind of determination in this case if he’s back on the street,” said Lindsey.

Lindsey said Salguero was released from Plains Regional Medical Center last week and has returned to her Texico home to recover from a wound to her arm suffered after calling police to her home on Katherine Avenue to investigate a possible burglary.

Records show Texico police were dispatched for a report of a burglary about 12:16 a.m. The officer in charge of the investigation, State police Lt. Matt Broom, said an altercation occurred and Salguero was shot once in the arm.

Broom said Peterson cooperated in the investigation and a statement was taken from Salguero at the time of the incident.

Broom declined comment about specifics of his investigation, noting the case in now in Chandler’s hands.

Efforts to reach Chandler for comment were not successful.